Member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror
Stephen W. Johnson was born on March 6, 1937 in Boston to parents living on Gould Street in Melrose. Steve attended the Lincoln School for eight years graduating in 1951 and going on to Melrose High School where he graduated in 1955.
While Steve was in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959, his parents moved to North Reading, MA. In 1960, Steve started work as a computer field engineer with Honeywell's E.D.P. Division in Brighton, Ma, married Gabrielle Montagne of St. Albans, Vermont, and moved to Andover. It was a busy year!
In 1973, Steve accepted a company transfer to Honeywell's new Phoenix, Arizona facility and moved his family to nearby Glendale, AZ. In 1988, having sold their computer division to the French company, Bull, Honeywell-Bull gave Steve a "career adjustment opportunity," better known as a layoff.
For the next ten years, until he retired in 1999, Steve worked for a local Phoenix aerospace machine shop as a truck driver. Steve and his wife Gabrielle lived in Glendale, AZ with their three daughters and their families, including seven grandchildren, living nearby.
In June 2004 they moved to Peoria, Arizona (not Illinois). It's just about 12 miles up the road from the old house of 31 years in Glendale. Like moving from Malden to Melrose.
In retirement, Steve enjoys his amateur radio and computer hobbies, Arizona Diamondback's baseball, reading and, of course, writing.
This is photo of Gabrielle (Gaby) and me in the Computer Room where the Melrose Mirror is produced. It was taken during a visit to Melrose and the Silver Stringers.
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